Apple vs. Samsung Verdict: Google’s Response

    August 27, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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This weekend’s $1.049 billion reward to Apple in the Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit was a definitive statement from the jury both that Apple’s patents are fully valid, and that Samsung is guilty of violating them. Samsung and Apple have issued responses to the verdict, but one party widely considered to be the real target of the lawsuit has only just weighed in.

Google this week issued a statement about the case, saying that, basically, it won’t stop developing Android over fear that it might infringe Apple patents. The statement was made to The Verge, and it insinuates that the Samsung verdict has little to do with the Android OS:

The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don’t relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.

It’s clear that Google believes at least some of Apple’s patents are not valid, and that the ruling against Samsung will change in the appeals process.

For their parts, Apple and Samsung’s responses were predictable. Samsung lamented the patent laws of the U.S. and how they can be used to stifle competition. Apple took the high road, though it still managed to twist the knife a bit. An Apple spokesperson framed the verdict as about Apple’s “values” of originality and innovation, rather than patents.

Even if this verdict withstands the appeals process, its likely that Samsung might consider the expense of the trial and verdict worth it. Over the past year, Samsung has managed to emerge as the foremost Android handset manufacturer – and Apple’s largest competitor.

  • lol

    Apple is a real idiot. They just want to bring down their largest competitor bec,uase samsung is the best

  • joe

    Anything against Google is a victory for the consumer in the long run.


    i use an iphone 4 and a samsung galaxy 2 and there is NOTHING SIMILAR! APPLE PROBABLY BOUGHT THE VERDICT AND GOT IT BACK IN THE FORM OF A BILLION!

  • Hate Apple Idiot forever

    Apple is a super idiot company. They are so selfish and want to rule out all the competitors. Samsung phone is much better and i like the android platform much more than the stupid ios5. Iphone 5 not much expectation and the phone size so small. Samsung phone nothing the same as Apple. It has three buttons on the display while apple only has one. The jury is biased to apple since the court is in US. I am sure if this court is held elsewhere no way apple will win. So Apple please eat yourself u will not make good profits in any area outside US!!!

  • Dylan

    I love my iPods, but apple is still a dick. You all realize it costs under $50 to manufacture an iPod touch, with cents difference between 8 and 64 gb and they sell them for $300 @ roughly 500% markup rate? Not that other companies are any different, just thought I’d mention it